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Boating is Big Business in Alabama
March 30, 2004
Recreational boating is one of the most popular forms of family recreation nationwide, with more than 72 million Americans participating in boating activities.
Boat-related retail sales in 2002 totaled more than $30 billion in the
Most boat owners started boating in their early teens, with about two-thirds of them introduced to boating by their parents, other family members, or friends. Boats with outboard motors are the most numerous power-craft, while kayaks hold the lead for muscle-powered boats.
Statistics from the National Marine Manufacturers Association and the Recreational Boating & Fishing Foundation indicate a growing market for boats, motors, trailers, and accessories, as more people share their enjoyment of water-related recreation.
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